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Kambaku | About


The Kambaku story

Our story begins with family. And an elephant.

Kambaku is the Tsonga word for “great tusker.” It was the name of one of Africa’s Magnificent Seven – the largest elephant bulls once found in the Kruger National Park, each with tusks weighing more than 50kg.

Kambaku represented something more. A part of African heritage worth protecting.

And lodge owners Bryce and Nicola were determined to raise their two children in an environment where our wildlife could be conserved, treasured and admired by the world.

Today, their vision has been actualised in three travel destinations – each one distinct in character and its innate sense of reverence for the natural realm.

Here at journey’s end, we offer a close encounter of the African kind. Ours is an open door.






Wow! What an amazing experience! Our hosts, Catherine and Tessa, and our safari guide, Ryno went above and beyond to ensure we had a wonderful experience. Ryno made it his mission to help us see the "Big 5", and we did! The entire staff was warm and welcoming! The accommodation s were top of the line and the food was delicious.

I can't say enough about how incredible our whole trip here was!


Alexandria, Virginia

“I cried when leaving Kambaku River Sands – I didn’t want to leave! The elephants blocked the road as we were driving out. They didn’t want us to leave, either! We saw the Big 5 and more. I loved coming back from the evening game drive in the dark. The stars – the Milky Way, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, the Southern Cross, they were all so brilliant. Kambaku River Sands is an amazing experience. Go. You won’t regret it. You will get teary when you leave too.”




Children’s programme


Children’s programme

Outdoor activities

Kambaku Safari Lodge is built around the concept of family and the importance of community. We celebrate the innate curiosity of young minds and welcome the opportunity to fill their days with entertainment and adventure.

Our programme involves a range of fun activities including frogging and birding, dung-spitting, jewellery-making, bow-making, spoor casting and more.

In camp

We know that families love travelling together, so we’ve done everything we can to accommodate the needs of little ones. Our child-friendly facilities include the pool and a play corner filled with children’s books, puzzles, board games and art supplies.

Our curio shop also stocks a range of kiddies’ goodies and at our restaurant, we allow children to create their own menu. We also provide a safe, professional child-minding service at an additional charge.

Junior ranger

A thrilling adventure awaits at Kambaku Safari Lodge. Our Junior Ranger programme is geared towards providing children with an educational and entertaining experience. Upon arrival, we’ll supply your little one with an engaging activity book. We will teach them skills like tracking and spooring.

At the end of their stay, your junior ranger will be issued with a certificate that acknowledges their achievements.